Farewell, 2014.

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Exhausting yet fulfilling– two words that could sum up my 2014. Needless to say, this has been so far the best year for me.

Starting from last year’s New Year’s eve which I think is actually the first time that our family spent the New Year’s together. To the opportunity given to me to teach Catechism to the youth on a public school as well as to be a part of the Victory Sta. Rosa’s Creative Team. Also, the opportunity to share my life and testimonies to different people at different ages. Down to the high school graduation, the graduation ball and everything that comes with that. I owe a distinctly humongous part of who I am today to my education which has done a great job embedding a strong sense of discipline to me as a selfless Christian in the course of my development and maturity. Being a part of different organizations have transformed and honed me to further build my confidence, benevolence, morality, independence and integrity. Of course, passing my dream school, the University of the Philippines, has also been a highlight of my year. Being able to attend to UP’s Summer Bridge Program and meeting tons of people that have set an impact on my life has been a blast. When classes officially started, I have been very nervous– new faces, new people, and a new environment far from what I am used to. Thank God for my bloc-mates who have been very nice and that I can truly consider as family. Also, the best post-Christmas vacation at Batangas with my family served as a really wonderful year-ender.

This 2014, I met tons of people and I have experienced much events that surely, I will never forget. Being left behind without any closure, breaking someone’s heart unintentionally, losing the person that knows you so well and that you consider as your best friend, understanding and undergoing through the art of moving on, meeting someone new, slowly opening up again and believing that this time it could be better. Putting your trust again and hoping that this time, it will all be worth it– that this time, things will be different. 2014 showed me that it isn’t so wrong to put down all the barriers and to believe. 2014 showed me that there is and there will always be hope even for the hopeless. We just have to put our faith in Him.

Words would never be sufficient enough for me to narrate everything that happened, how thankful I am for all the blessings and how joyful I am for being able to surpass every difficulties that I have encountered. Things have been very busy. In 2014, I cried, I laughed, I fought. But for every heartbreak, there’s always a blessing. After all the tears, I’ve come back. Happy New Year! Let’s welcome 2015 with a smile.

To everyone, thanks for being a part of my 2014! Without you, without that second, minute, hour, or day that I had a connection with you, I may not be who I am right this very moment. Cheers to more memories ahead!! Let us all free our heart from hatred, free our mind from worries, live simply, give more and expect less this 2015.

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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